When you walk the hills of Penang Island you will encounter others. Some will be going the same way – some faster, some you will overtake – while others will pass you in the opposite direction. I have yet to encounter a single walker who would not smile and reply to any offered greeting, nor willingly stop and help with directions or advice if asked. When in the hills one tends to be pleasant, and kind, and considerate. Or is it the pleasant, and kind, and considerate, who like to go into the hills? Whichever it is, if you want to become a socially pleasant and appreciated individual … go for a walk!
Look up to the hills and that’s what you’ll see: hills, and more hills. Mostly with trees. The trails from a distance are hidden. One of the objectives of penangtrails.com is to bring the trails closer, so all can see. To describe what they are like. To show where they are in a way we can follow – “we” being the people of Penang and those who visit Penang. But like all information systems: “rubbish in, rubbish out”. Rubbish does not enhance trails, nor will it help on this site. Which is why we seek to involve others. penangtrails.com is not “our” site, it is yours.
Our first step towards encouraging those who know and appreciate trails, and have knowledge and experience of trails that penangtrails.com aspires to, is to create an attractive platform. One that respects and enhances knowledge of value, or interest, or assistance to those who already hike. Or who simply love to go for a walk with their family or friends. Knowledge is personal, often guarded, so how does penangtrails.com persuade those who have it, to share it? To respect and enhance it we have to start off with that platform. One that on which their knowledge will shine. One on which their knowledge will be acknowledged, presented as they wish it presented; on which it will reach a far larger audience than they currently achieve. And in so doing, will have that much greater an impact on the community of which they are a part.
A frequent hurdle to sharing knowledge with others, especially when it comprises information, or an opinion, or a point of view that would be helpful to the community at large were it more widely known, is the work involved, and the skills required, and the mechanism needed, simply to get it out there. Thus the second essential component in penangtrails.com vision of acting as repository on trail information – in its broadest sense – is to reduce the element of complexity from the essentials of publicity. More simply put: for us to do that work. For us to take over the responsibility and thereby lessen the load on the contributor. We seek to create an infrastructure that will entice each shining gem of information from the mind of the pleasant, kind, and considerate path-loving possessor, while accepting the blood sweat and tears to the wiles, and hopefully smiles, of penangtrails.com!